Friday, March 26, 2010

HEARTS Your Way!!!





























HELLO MY DARLINGS,

Heads up, some new HEARTS are coming your way! This evening and throughout the weekend I will be listing five new necklaces, all different kinds of charming treats. Also be on the look out for three new pairs of earrings. Soon my friends!


Leila



P.S. I can't wait for tomorrow, heading to the New Castle Farmer's Market flea market, looking forward to finding some fabulous vintage finds. I've been in search of mini wooden crosses, a sassy chair for my studio, new foot stool and anything rabbit related.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Easter/Spring Centerpiece Ideas

My email has been bombarded by super ubber cutie pie Easter/Spring centerpiece ideas; I just had to share some of my favs from Martha Stewart. Love how these can be used all through Spring too! The egg shell vases are a classic twist on making easter eggs, I'm remember how much fun it was as a kid.







Wednesday, March 24, 2010

PINK Please!!!

Spring is here and just like changing hair color for the seasons, pink has sneaked up on me. I go through phases in my creations, it is either the little dark things hiding in the shadows or the sweet sass of being a girlie girl. I can't get enough of pink in my life, my new studio is painted a pale pink and now pink is introducing itself in shop just in time for spring. My new inspirations are pink icing, pink lips, pink lace, pink heels, pink lingerie and pink bubblegum.
























~ 1) Pen Pal Companion Writing Necklace: I fell in love with this pen and pencil set when I saw it at the local antique store, so cute and young. You can wear this necklace around the office or a great doodling tool for the park or cemeteries.

~ 2) Strawberry Acorn Earrings: lovely spring acorns or voluptuous boobies, they make me smile.

~ 3) Bubble-gum Swirl Earrings: these light weight earrings even caught the eye of my momma. I love the soft color of these hand blown beads and the teeny tiny white flowers and rhinestone.

~ 4) Woven Sweetness Necklace: a welcoming of spring and uniqueness of hand woven beads matched with a bundle of brass chains and vintage chandelier crystal.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

The Seven Sutherland Sisters - World's Longest Hair

Sometime last year I discovered the long hair beauties of the Sutherland Sisters of Lockport, New York. They were world famous due to their fabulous hair, all together a length of 37 feet. The Sutherland children were a musical family and often performed around New York State as the "Sutherland Concert of Seven Sisters and One Brother. In 1882 they traveled with W.W. Coles Colossal Shows and later in 1884 joined Barnum and Bailey's Greatest Show on Earth. I am truly amazed by the patience the sisters must of had, their hair is like a cloak of life. I only dream of having hair that long, I'm in the process of growing it long again, I want it to drape my body like a fare mermaid of the sea. One day perhaps, though I'm sure I will cut it before hand.













From top to bottom:
Sarah Sutherland (1845-1919)
Victoria Sutherland (1849-1902)
Isabella Sutherland (1852-1914)
Grace Sutherland (1854-1946)
Naomi Sutherland (1858-1893)
Dora "Kitty" Sutherland (1858-?)
Mary Sutherland (?-1939)

You can find some more interesting facts and photos at Rapunzel Delight.

Sources:
The Seven Sutherland Sisters With World's Longest Hair. Damn Cool Pics blogspot. Feb 26,2008











Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Healing ~ Warrior Hematite Earrings








I've always been fascinated by natural minerals of the earth, as a child I used to collect fossils and stone then displaying them shadow boxes with all my finds. I recently was wooed back into this realm, after a couple months of personal positive healing factors from one of my favorite calming stones, Hematite.  I've been wearing a carved key made of this mineral, I especially love to wear it during sleep for it brings on vivid dreams and also calms my soul during the day of stress of work.

New at Red Heart 13, are darkened Warrior Hematite earrings that provide solid ground as a calming and protective talisman. The ancient Egyptians used hematite as a calming stone, and in many cases of hysteria. As protection, Roman and Native American warriors used to rub iron oxide, the powered form of hematite, on their bodies as war paint before battle in belief that it would protect them. The word hematite is derived from the ancient Greek word for blood, some cultures believed the stone was actually formed from blood spilled on the earth during battlefield. Their is also evidence that hematite may have been used to make some of the very first mirrors. I find this piece of info very alluring because often mirrors are said to be a doorway to the supernatural world, I find this connection to be seducing to my curiosity with other dimensions and the afterlife.

These Warrior Hematite earrings feature a faceted hematite teardrop bead are matched with black matte chain and a diamond matte connector on french ear wires. The color of the earrings remind me of ancient armor used in war. Wearing these earrings as your healing companion, can help improve relationships and help increase good intuition. 























Soon to come for March Medical Madness:
PYRITE EARRINGS & NECKLACE
Mystical properties: assist in balancing the root or chakra, helps communicate honestly, emotional and physical protection, helps boost self confidence, helps increase physical stamina and is used as a shield stone in removing negativity from the aura to help concentration.

Top image courteous of The Last Tuesday Society

Friday, March 12, 2010

The Skeleton Krew is Back!

















After a long overdue, I finally can share some new and old paintings from my Skeleton Krew Collection. They have been away for awhile for the Femme Noir show back in January, the show went so well and it was such an honor to be a part of the Toothless Cat Gallery right in Philly.


I'm slowing listing paintings and also have started to bring prints to the shop, however I need to scrounge up some money for some new ink for the printer first. Soon I promise.


























































































































Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I HEART

My home is filled with odd things, and odd things I covet and collect! Having a fascination with anatomy prints, books and art, I thought I'd share some lovely March Medical Madness finds for the studio or just around the house


Friday, March 5, 2010

LUNGS ~ Florence and the Machine































Quite an astonishing discovery, Florence and the Machine with her new album LUNGS. Florence Welch, a fearless singer songwriter from London, she dances on stage and writes like she is possessed. From a world of her own, she rocks her restless demons and channels fables about sex, violence, guilt and mortality, at other times one can escape into the wilderness feeling one with the soul and blood running through the veins. I've been enraptured!


Her writings are just brilliant:
“Between Two Lungs”
Between two lungs it was released
The breath that passed from you to me
That flew between us as we slept
That slipped from your mouth into mine
It crept between two lungs. It was released/ 

“Howl”
My fingers claw your skin, try to tear my way in
You are the moon that breaks the night for which I have to howl.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

DESIGN CHALLENGE: Old Hollywood Glitz & Glamour

Hello darlings, the past month I've been working with another etsian from Danielle Rose Bean on a friendly design challenge to promote our shops together. The concept for the design challenge was to create a necklace inspired by Old Hollywood: the 30s, classic beauty and glitz & glamour; you can use anything that inspires you to create the piece. I hope to do more of these fun challenges soon; if you're up for one drop me a line.

C H E C K   O U T   O U R   C R E A T I O N S























~ Peekaboo Damsel Locket Necklace: created was a lost damsel in distress, a vintage rhinestone locket open to hold special memories or perhaps some dried flowers. The necklace features two long silver chains and a rhinestone bow pendant.























~ Rita - Upcycled Vintage Old Hollywood Glitz and Glam Assemblage Necklace: quite lovely this necklace features links from a rhinestone bracelet matched with a strand of white glass beads topped with a darling rhinestone bouquet flower brooch.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Anatomy of a Cryptid


Today I came across some fabulous anatomy drawings that peek into the world of cryptids (bigfoot, Yeti, Lock Ness Monster). This amazing work is by Walmor CorrĂ©a, he creates finely rendered anatomical creatures and also exhibits skeletal beings in his work. The detail of the organs and charts would suggest possibly a marine biologist. I truly love the mermaid, interesting how the upper body is almost exact to a human and there is a faint existence of vertebrae lining the inside of the tail which sits under unique female organs.

I'm also found of this drawing of a Capelobo, quite odd and pleasant, in my research of this fascinating creature I discovered this old Indian tale:

Wolf's cape is said to derive from an old Indian who leaves his village to live his last days alone in the forest. Instead of dying, however, he gradually transforms into a foul-smelling hairy ape armed with longs, canine fangs and a single eye protuding from his forehead. The terrestrial creature walks upright and leaves rounded footprints in the soil, similar to those left if one presses the bottom of a bottle into the ground.

You can view more of March Medical Madness drawings over at GEARFUSE!

Monday, March 1, 2010

March Medical Madness













It is that time again for the glorious look into anatomy, this March I'm celebrating the 4th annual March Medical Madness. Every day I am truly blown away by the tinkerings of the human body and mind. Three years ago over at the Red Heart Cult, I would share beautiful engravings and intriguing looks into health, medicine, deformities and curiosities all shared through an online gallery. If I could do my career all over again, I think I would go into the medical field, either a mortician or medical examiner.

During the month, I will share lovely artists, etsy finds, articles/exhibits and amazing artists such as one of my idols
Andreas Vesalius; all in celebration of the human body.


















~ Mini-medical masterpieces by "Grace", courtesy of Pegritz's Random LJ Crush Object #334421.